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Catholic Parishes Brace for Backlash as DHS Warns Violent Extremism ‘Likely’ in Wake of Roe v. Wade Decision…

The Department of Homeland Security’s intelligence arm said in a memo on Friday that domestic violent extremism is “likely” in response to the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. Why it matters: Violence could take place in multiple locations for weeks as states make changes to their abortion laws, according to the memo, which was obtained by Axios. Details: Government officials — including Supreme Court justices — are likely those most at risk, the memo said. It cites recent attacks by the abortion-rights group known as Jane’s Revenge as well as an alleged plot to kill U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. The memo also lists reproductive health care facilities and faith-based organizations as potential targets for acts of violent extremis...

Solemnity of Sacred Heart Becomes Historic Day of Mercy as U.S. Supreme Court Overturns Roe v. Wade…

Friday’s ruling marks a watershed moment for the Catholic Church and the wider pro-life movement in the United States, which have painstakingly sought Roe’s reversal since the landmark 7-2 decision was handed down on Jan. 19, 1973. “America was founded on the truth that all men and women are created equal, with God-given rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles and Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore said in a joint statement following the opinion’s release. “This truth was grievously denied by the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade ruling, which legalized and normalized the taking of innocent human life,” the Catholic bishops continued. “We thank God today that the Court has now overtu...

Cardinal Zuppi Accused of ‘Incorrect and Misleading’ Spin After Blessing of Homosexual Couple in Bologna Church …

ROME — An Italian Catholic newspaper has accused Cardinal Matteo Zuppi, the president of Italy’s bishops’ conference, of covering up what observers say amounted to the first blessing of a homosexual couple in a church in Italy earlier this month.  In an article in Tuesday’s La Nuova Bussola Quotidiana, headlined “Blessing of Gay Couple, Cardinal Zuppi’s Lies,” editor Riccardo Cascioli said that the Archdiocese of Bologna made a number of false claims in a statement attempting to justify the ceremony. The “blessing” of Pietro Morotti and Giacomo Spagnoli took place in the presence of six priests at the church of San Lorenzo di Budrio, close to the registry office where the civil union had taken place earlier that day.   La Nuova Bussola Quotidiana reported that it was billed as a ...

Gunmen Kill 3 Worshippers, Kidnap 30 in Attacks on Baptist and Catholic Churches in Nigeria…

A local source told AP that the majority of those kidnapped were from the Baptist congregation, while the three people killed were Catholics. The attack comes two weeks after 40 Christians were killed in an attack on a Catholic church on Pentecost Sunday. In the June 5 attack, gunmen believed to be Islamic extremists, opened fire on Catholic worshipers attending Pentecost Mass at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Owo, Ondo State, in southwestern Nigeria. Bishop Emmanuel Badejo of the diocese of Oyo offered a funeral Mass for the victims of the Pentecost Sunday massacre on June 17 and forcefully criticized the government of Nigeria, especially President Muhammadu Buhari, for its perceived inaction in the face of killings of Christians in his country. More Christians are killed for their...

Pope’s Sunday Angelus: ‘in the Eucharist Is Jesus’ Life Given for All of Us’…

By Linda Bordoni Pope Francis on Sunday reminded believers that the Lord, who is present in the Eucharist, takes each and everyone of us to heart, cares for us and satisfies our need for nourishment, companionship, consolation. Addressing pilgrims gathered for the Angelus in St. Peter’s Square, the Pope noted that on this Sunday, 19 June, the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ is celebrated in Italy and in other countries. “Instituted during the Last Supper,” he explained, “the Eucharist was like the destination of a journey along which Jesus had prefigured it through several signs, above all the multiplication of the loaves” narrated in the Gospel according to Luke ( Lk. 9:11b-17). Everyone can experience the Lord’s loving attention He recalled how Jesus took care of the ...

Gallup Poll: Belief in God in U.S. Dips to All-Time Low of 81%…

###Embeddable### Story Highlights 81% believe in God, down from 87% in 2017 New low in Gallup’s trend Four in 10 believe God can intervene on people’s behalf WASHINGTON, D.C. — The vast majority of U.S. adults believe in God, but the 81% who do so is down six percentage points from 2017 and is the lowest in Gallup’s trend. Between 1944 and 2011, more than 90% of Americans believed in God. Gallup’s May 2-22 Values and Beliefs poll finds 17% of Americans saying they do not believe in God. Gallup first asked this question in 1944, repeating it again in 1947 and twice each in the 1950s and 1960s. In those latter four surveys, a consistent 98% said they believed in God. When Gallup asked the question nearly five decades later, in 2011, 92% of Americans said they be...

Catholic Bishop Revokes Catholic Status of Jesuit-Run School in Massachusetts Over LGBT and BLM Flags…

Since January 2021 the school had been flying a rainbow LGBT pride flag and a version of a Black Lives Matter flag. In March 2022 an unknown person tore the flags down. McManus addressed the flag controversy on April 3, with the school being warned it could lose its Catholic status. The “Black Lives Matter” phrase came to prominence after the controversial killing of Trayvon Martin in 2012, which was ruled self-defense. It was invoked at the same time as 2014 riots in Ferguson, Missouri, prompted by the fatal police shooting of a Black man, Michael Brown, which was eventually ruled to be self-defense. After the 2020 murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer, it became a rallying cry for foes of police brutality and racism. McManus’ June 16 statement did not explain his concern...

Pope Francis Accepts Belgian Bishop’s Request Not to Be Made a Cardinal…

“Cardinal De Kesel and the bishops of Belgium appreciate the decision of Bishop Van Looy. They reiterate their commitment to continue their fight against all forms of abuse in the Catholic Church, in which the interests of the victims and their families are always at the forefront.” Lucas Van Looy was born in Tielen, Belgium, on Sept. 28, 1941. He joined the Salesians of Don Bosco in 1961. He was ordained a priest on Sept. 12, 1970. During the 1970s, he served as a missionary in South Korea. In the 1980s and 90s, he held leadership positions within the Salesians. In 2003, at the age of 62, he was named bishop of Ghent, northwestern Belgium. He was ordained bishop on Feb. 1, 2004. Van Looy spoke before a Belgian parliamentary commission on sexual abuse in 2010. According to a cont...

Pope Francis: Effective Immediately, New ‘Public Associations of the Faithful’ Require Written Vatican Approval…

By Hannah Brockhaus Vatican City, Jun 15, 2022 / 06:50 am Pope Francis on Wednesday decreed that diocesan bishops must receive written permission from the Vatican before erecting a public association of the faithful that is later expected to become a religious institute. The pope’s rescript, issued on June 15, states that the diocesan bishop must receive a “written license” from the Dicastery for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life before erecting, by decree, “a public association of the faithful with a view to becoming an institute of consecrated life or a society of apostolic life of diocesan right.” The decision, approved on Feb. 7, goes into effect immediately. The Code of Canon Law describes associations of the Christian faithful, which can be either public ...

Pope Francis: There Are Many ‘Restorers’ in the US Who Do Not Accept Vatican II…

By Hannah Brockhaus Vatican City, Jun 14, 2022 / 04:12 am There are many “restorers” in the United States who do not accept the Second Vatican Council, Pope Francis said in an interview published on Tuesday. Speaking to the editors of Jesuit journals, he criticized what he called “restorationism” in the Church, which he defined as the failure to accept Vatican II, the ecumenical council held from 1962 to 1965. He said: “Restorationism has come to gag the Council. The number of groups of ‘restorers’ — for example, in the United States there are many — is significant.” “An Argentine bishop told me that he had been asked to administer a diocese that had fallen into the hands of these ‘restorers.’ They had never accepted the Council. There are ideas, behaviors that arise from a restorationism ...

Pope Francis Steps In to Appoint New Head of Sovereign Military Order of Malta…

Pope Francis has appointed a new interim head of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, following the sudden death of the Lieutenant of the Grand Master last week. The papal appointment is likely to bring a measure of stability at the head of the order, which has had four leaders since 2017. Francis appointed the Canadian born Fra’ John T. Dunlap as Lieutenant of the Grand Master by decree Monday morning, instructing his special delegate to the order, Cardinal Silvano Tomasi, to inform the knights’ sovereign council of his decision. A copy of the decree was obtained by The Pillar. Fra’ John T. Dunlap, SMOM. Credit: Order of Malta Share Dunlap, 65, has worked for years as a lawyer in New York, and is the senior serving member of the order’s sovereign council. He will be sworn into his new p...

Pope’s Trinity Sunday Angelus: ‘Does Your Life Reflect the God You Believe In?’…

Leading the crowd in self-examination, the pope asked, “do I, who profess faith in God the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, truly believe that I need others in order to live, I need to give myself to others, I need to serve others? Do I affirm this in words, or do I affirm it with my life?” The one, triune God must be manifested in deeds, not words, he said. “God, who is the author of life, is transmitted not so much through books as through witness of life,” Pope Francis said. “He, who, as the evangelist John writes, ‘is love’ (1 Jn 4:16), reveals himself through love.” Pope Francis encouraged the crowd to think about “good, generous, gentle” people they have met and reflect on their way of thinking and their actions. More in Vatican By doing this, “we can have a small reflection...